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Schlafly Pilsner - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 208
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-20-2002

Our Pilsner is a golden and crystal clear lager. The hops lend a pleasant bitterness and a lemony, peppery taste. They are added at the beginning of the brew for bitterness and the end for flavor. The subtle and lightly toasted flavor of the malts is the perfect backbone to showcase the special hop blend.

Pilsner can be traced to its namesake, the city of Plzeň (pronounced pilsen) in the western half of the Czech Republic, once part of Bohemia. In 1842, Joseph Groll developed the first light colored beer, an immediate success. Still a popular style, Pilsner influenced the American light lager we know today.

30 IBU
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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 208
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: single finger head with decent lacing on a clear bright gold body.

S: sweet corn, grain, pale malt and oak.

T: Spicey and sour pale malts, grain and minimal sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple but very drinkable. A few features which make this one interesting but definitely hop deficient even for the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy, lily-white head that leaves a bunch of lace patterns on the pilsner glass

Smell: Noble hops and cracker, but the aroma could be more floral

Taste: Opens with a cracker flavor that grows in a noble hop bitter direction by mid-palate; gets rather aggressive after the swallow, but as in the aroma, and it finishes with an herbal, almost medicinal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly enjoyable and a pretty fair attempt at the style; the medicinal quality of the aftertaste is a distraction

Thanks, xmarcnolanx, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive pilsner. Not really knowing what to expect from this brewery, I was surprised with the quality of the brew. Very firm pilsner malt base that shows much more maltiness than graininess. The malts remain consistent and substantiated from beginning to end. Sweetness tempered with earthy, pungent German hops (Saaz) for a lightly spicy, rounded brew. Firm and smooth body without grain astringency or thinning. Finishes very clean with a minty alcoholic note in the aftertaste. Thanks Beer Dave.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a yellow color pilsner with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of grainy notes is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some grainy notes with a dry finish with light spicy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if I got a bad bottle here but this was not the most pleasant and I had hard time finishing a single bottle which is not what I was expecting considering the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. Descent head retention but no lacing.

S - It smelled somewhat floral. Also, a nice grain smell.

T - It was pretty sweet and had a nice blend of caramel malt and grains.

M - It was crisp and refreshing. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice pils. It makes for a nice session brew. Great after yet another loss in softball.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly foggy goldenrod containing a great deal of boisterous carbonation that can be seen feeding a faintly yellowed, parchment colored cap. The head is firmer than it is creamy and develops a chiseled look as it deflates, leaving a scattered smattering of melty lace in its wake. Although more glass coverage would be nice, Pilsner is definitely an attractive beer.

The nose is focused on noble hops and, in that sense, is style accurate. I wish that it was brighter and more aromatic however. Musky fruit is the centerpiece with a little sweet grass for good meaure. There's very little spiciness and just a hint of citrus peel.

This is good beer even if it tastes more like a noble hopped APA than a true German Pilsener. That 'even if' could just as well have been 'because' since a noble hopped pale ale seems like a good idea to me (and tastes like one as well). There's more pale malt than in most beer of this style, giving an underlying sweetness and a fullness of body that is appealing.

I'm glad to see (er... taste) that Schlafly didn't skimp on the German and Czech hop cones. Even with all the balancing malt, there's a fair amount of snappy, puckering bitterness on display, especially on the finish. My bottle is about five months old (thanks for the 'brewed with love on' date guys) and I can only imagine what it might have tasted like if consumed immediately after bottling.

As noted above, the relatively generous amount of malt sees to it that the body/mouthfeel is somewhat full and ale-like rather than light and lagery smooth. I happen to like both ends of that spectrum as long as the mouthfeel has a quality feel, as it does here. In spite of the abundant visible carbonation at the start, now barely evident, the beer never feels too fizzy.

Schlafly Pilsner is a good Americanized version of the pilsener style that helps itself by having a generous amount ingredients and a more than satisfactory amount of noble hoppy bitterness. While it may not satisfy those would put style adherence at the top of their list of gotta haves, it's more than satisfying to those of us who just like good beer, no matter how that goal is reached.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pale golden color with a big white head and a nice streaming carbonation from the bottom. Smell was very yeasty, with the classic lager smell. Hints of a slight hoppiness could be detected. First impression of the taste was light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavors are atypical of the style and nothing exceptional.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden body with a creamy, thinnish white head.

Smell: Light, sweet-smelling graininess with strong notes of cooked vegetables and a bit of lemon zest.

Taste: Sweet grain flavor with an herbal bitterness until the mercifully short, sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Exceedingly light, almost watery texture.

Drinkability: Another ordinary pilsner, with nothing to help it really stand out among the crowd.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed & effervescent straw color with 1 finger of beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready/grainy

T: Grainy, bready, plus grassy hops up front. Some fruity notes, plus lemony hops as this warms. Finishes dry with citric hops

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation 7 pretty good balance

Easy, drinker not a bad Pils, more malt depth & or hops would've helped the cause

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard Pilsner....give it to me baby!!! Schlafly didnt get crazy with this beer....nor did it have to! Golden clear color, thin white foam head. Not much to smell. Light lemon flare gives this pilsner a nice taste. SESSION!?!?!? No Questions...give it to me all night long!!!!

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Photo of jdhilt
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving some lace. Almost cloudy light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, hops are right there, pine cone flavor, hoppy finish. 12 oz bottle part of mixed 6-pak for $7.99 from Friar Tuck's Peoria, Il.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw colored, good carbonation, no head, just fizzy yellow beer. No aroma.

Taste, almost no taste, very subtle, lots of water. Minimal noble hops maybe. Very little. Lots of bubbles, doesn't evolve or denigrate, just a beer that is light all the way around. Couldn't differentiate between this pilsner and a light beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served in a Sam Adams BL glass. Bottled on 9/26/2006, I didn't notice that until after I bought it. Luckily it was just a single bottle I picked up. It pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. Lacing and head retention are both OK. It smells like honey, lemon and some herbal hops. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, except there's also some bread/grain noticable in the taste too. Slight bitter/acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, with there being a good bit of carbonation in the beer. Drinkability is good, it's nice and crisp. Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, next time I'll have to try it when it's much fresher.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

n8dietz came through with this St.Louis connection.

Great hay colored yellow with perfect clarity. The head starts off mountainous, then quicky recedes to nothing.

Light grassy hops bring a crisp aroma to the light toasted and wet pilsner malts in the aroma.

The taste opens with barely cooked malty sweetness. This is balanced a little with soft, grass and earth hopping. The finish makes me think of hard water and corn.

Somewhat dry but crisp palate that is easy to drink, but pretty run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy, creamy, dense, white head that lingers.

Grainy malt and lightly floral hops form the aroma.

Flavor is slightly grainy, with soft floral notes, and a cracker malt crisp and bitter finish. There's a touch of tanginess.

Body and carbonation are moderate, finishing crisp and refreshing.

Very approachable beer. Nice example of the style, minus that slightly tangy note.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours pale straw yellow with excellent clarity and a frothy white head. Not much for lace, but that's ok. Aromas are sharp pilsner malt, grassy hop. Tastes are pilsner malt, grass, prickly hop presence, some bitterness, but nice balance. Body is thin-to-medium, crisp, finishes dry that warrants another sip. Drinks well. Overall, excellent representation of the style. One of the best offerings I've had from the Saint Louis Brewery.

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Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear macro like pale yellow color. A nice two finger white head forms, but recedes fast. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Hops up front. Floral and grassy mostly, but also a soapy character that detracts for me. Some grainy sweetness as well.
T: Follows the nose. Some floral and grassy hops. Though a dishwater like soapy flavor detracts. Grainy sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium body that well carbonated. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Easy to drink. I can put a few away with ease.

Very enjoyable. Overall a nice Pilsener. Though I have had better. Still something that is worth a try.

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Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsners are probably my least favorite style, but here is one that I could drink more than a few of. It lacks that sharp Saaz hops bite many pure Pilsner enthusiasts would enjoy but it has a real good drinkability and a nice maltiness for a Pilsner....It is relatively clear light golden in color.....Nose is grassy amd semi sweet....taste is definitely pretty sweet for a Pilsner...I like it but others may not if you are after a textbook Pilsner...Mouthfeel is about right..on the lighter side of medium...I rate the drinkability high because I think this is a solid, easy drinking beer..Bottom Line....is this 100% true to style??? Probably not..It's really more of a high quality American Lager...and at that it is very good...These are hard for me to rate because for the stye it may not be real good, but some American Pilsners blend into the Lager category rather easily...I'm putting these numbers down for an American Lager which I feel it best fits...and in that category it is really outstanding...a great every day beer...(As a Pilsner I would go 3.5/3.5/3/3.5/3)

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a medium thin ivory white head that dissipates slowly. Thin rings of lacing. Mild hops and bready malt in the nose. Light-bodied and clean with grassy hops and grainy malt flavors with a touch of fruit in the background. The finish is lightly bitter hops with a short hops aftertaste. Fairly uninteresting overall.

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Photo of maximum12
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to non-BA friends who brought a mixed sixer of Schlafly back from the great middle of the U.S.A. from a recent trip. Needed something light so I don't fall asleep in the middle of a late-night Twins game, so Pilsner it is.

Frankly, this beer looks like it was created for a beer commercial, fluffy head, racing carbonation, golden color. I'm looking for hidden cameras...there are some hops in the nose, along with a sunshine-light sweetness that's been rolled in wet grass.

Raw roughage comes to mind with each sip - not in a bad way, but not in a "gimme more" way, either, it just is. The hops give it a bite that's not entirely congruent with either the style or the Breakfast-of-Champs wheatiness.

The other word that comes is "overcarbonated". Almost bubbly in the mouth. If one was given to mindless drinking, this could be a sessioner.

Strictly average. There are the barest hints of flavor that differentiate this clearly from something golden & tasteless, but there's nothing here to write home about.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a tight white head that recedes slowly.

S: Aromas of grain, hay, straw, grass, and honey are present on the nose, though it takes a couple seconds to separate them all.

T: Notes of grain, hay, grass, lemon, minerals, honey, and straw gently wash across the palate. The finish is extremely crisp and clipped with lemon, mineral, and grain notes. In terms of taste, this lager is very reminiscent of some of the drier, hoppier German pilsners.

M: Medium bodied, dry, and firm for the style. Carbonation is very crisp. This is an extremely drinkable lager, one that would be perfect on a hot day.

O: This is a quality Czech-style pilsner made by a very reliable brewery. I could see this being an excellent transition from macro lagers to both craft beers and some of the classic European styles. This is very much worth trying.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pretty pour into a pilsner glass. Dark gold champagne bubbles and a wonderfully large and retentive head.

Smells of deep pilsner grain. Herbal hops along with fresh cut grass and a cornfield. Summertime.

Fantastic malt flavor! Dry grass and sweet, sour fruit, ending on a perfectly dulled note of hop.

Perfectly dry with an excellent balance between sweet grain and bitter hops, this is a grand example of its style. Easily one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, too.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One thing's for sure: There aren't enough craft-brewed Pilsners in the US right now. Unfortunately, many brewers look upon Lagers as a burden on profits compared to quicker-fermented Ales.

Stunningly clear golden hue with numerous bubbles that form a prim and dapper white head. No retention problems here, as the head clutches to the glass. It boasts a complex hop aroma: fruity, fresh-cut flowers; a bit grassy, with a biscuit dough malt nose to boot. Crispness is first to strike with a pleasing smoothness and a light and tight body. Sturdy layer of pale maltiness meets a balancing hop character that holds a semi-sharp and spicy bitterness, as well as a lingering herbal and grape skin flavor. Ends with a dry, clean graininess and some faint bitterness.

All in all, a superb Pilsner, fresh and clean all over. The balance is there without a doubt; and a modest level of alcohol is great, considering how drinkable it is. What could go better with this than grilled brats, kraut and baked beans?

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this!!

Pours a beautiful sunny gold color, with a good 2+ finger of pillow-light head, very rich and fluffy. Dissipates to some splotchy mounds atop the brew, leaving sticky webbing all the way down.

Aroma is lightly malty, with a nice hint of grassy hops and spice.

Taste has a nice malt base, pleasant spicy hops, some grassyness, and a nice little bitter bite at the end.

Feel is light, crisp, bubbly, with a slightly slick texture. It's very smooth, and refreshing.

I could drink this all day long; naturally easy to put back, but an incredibly refreshing and wonderfully tasty. With the temperature uncommonly high at the moment, this hit the spot!

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Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear with a small head. Smells of sweet malt and some grains. True to its style it was crisp and light; it tastes of the sweet malts that I smelled and had a light hop finish. This was a pretty good beer. Very light and refreshing, which makes it great for warmer days.

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Schlafly Pilsner from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.